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12 Jan 2021

Full-Time DE&S / SDA Systems Integration Engineer

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000 per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.


Job description

Exciting opportunities have become available for candidates to work within the Systems Engineering area of the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) and Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). This diverse area encompasses several technical areas:
• Systems and Integration
• Electronics and Sensors
• Software and Cyber
• Weapons
You will be qualified and experienced in one-or-more of the above disciplines, with the acumen for in-role development into one-or-more of the other areas.

A System draws intelligence from various sensors, providing information on aspects such as navigation, meteorology, weapons, ship’s information and messaging systems, integrated platform management systems, and communication systems. The inputs from these sensors are controlled through complex command and control systems, which have a significant reliance on software and are, therefore, vulnerable to cyber-attacks that can endanger intelligence and safety. As a Systems Integration Engineer, you could be working across the whole System area, as described, or on any of the parts, making this a challenging role.

If selected for a Ships team in DE&S, the roles contribute to maintaining safe systems across all in-service, build and future platforms, and play a fundamental role in engineering and safety decision making. In Ships, candidates can expect to be assigned to a specific platform Class, for example, our autonomous or Mine Countermeasure vessels, or to a portfolio of equipment or systems, for example, our Communications and Situational Awareness team, covering Radars, Navigation Equipment, Communications, Aviation Interfaces, Command and Control Systems, or other Maritime Combat Systems team. Our engineering projects span the simple to the highly complex, from initial concepts through to manufacture, support in-service and responsible disposal.

The SDA delivers equipment and day-to-day support to the UK’s operational fleet of Trafalgar, Astute and Vanguard Class submarines, delivering the nations Continuous At Sea Deterrent (CASD). The SDA also manages delivery of the in-build submarines programmes for Astute and Dreadnought. There are currently four SDA Systems Integration Engineer opportunities in the Combat Systems, Trident Systems, Dreadnought Alliance and HMNB Infrastructure areas.

Please note that some of these posts are open to sole UK nationals only.


You will be required to carry out a variety of tasks within this application area; the highest demand in roles ensuring the integration of new or replacement equipment, such as a radar, navigation, communications system or other mechanical system, into existing platforms, whilst ensuring that other legacy equipment can continue to operate safely and securely. Other key roles include the following examples:
• Acting as a System Design Authority, using your engineering thinking to become a subject matter expert and support system design assurance
• As lead for a system, ensure its continued functionality through production of technical documentation, clearances for use, design changes, trials and resolution of technical defects
• Taking a systems approach, ensuring that equipment and systems interface and that is a robust capability plan exists that stakeholders can contribute to
• Developing bespoke support solutions with industry suppliers in order to maintain specialist legacy equipment, overcoming challenges such as obsolescence.
• Ensuring security and safety is maintained and appropriate assurance can be given that the system complies with all applicable policy and legislative requirements, including contributing to the development of safety artefacts

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• A minimum of a L4 (e.g. HNC) qualification in a relevant Engineering/Science, or extensive relevant experience, ideally within Electronics and Sensors, Software and Cyber, Systems and Integration, and/or Weapons
• Experience within a complex engineering environment
• The ability to bring complex systems together into an integrated platform

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• As safety is key to Defence, experience in a highly regulated engineering environment, such as Air, Automotive, Rail, Nuclear, Maritime or Weapons would be of particular interest
• Professional membership of a relevant Engineering or Science institution, preferably at IEng or CEng level

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
• Technical Decision Making

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Leadership
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?
You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team
Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Engineer, Integration, MOD, SDA, and systems. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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